Report: Aurora gamer was over legal limit after taking 8 pints of blood following deadly crash

Posted at 3:38 PM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 17:38:11-05

AURORA, Colo. – The professional gamer who died along with a passenger in an October crash was still well over the legal driving limit even after receiving more than eight pints worth of blood and plasma transfusions.

The Aurora Police Department on Tuesday released their final report on the crash that killed 24-year-old Phillip Klemenov, of Aurora, and 27-year-old Marcelous Johnson, of Colorado Springs, which happened early Oct. 2.

The report says Klemenov was driving the Infiniti G35 that morning, while Johnson and Klemenov’s girlfriend, 18-year-old Adrianna Lemus, were passengers.

Lemus told investigators the three had been drinking “all evening and into the morning” at various places in Denver before the crash, which happened on Florida Avenue near South Dayton Street.

The crash report says Klemenov was driving at 73.6 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone when he crashed, going up a curb and hitting several trees and a light pole as it rolled over. Several of the trees went through the front of the cabin, where Klemenov and Johnson were seated.

The report says Johnson died at the scene. Klemenov was taken to a Denver-area hospital.

Just before 4 a.m. – about an hour after the crash and after Klemenov had been given eight units of blood and four units of plasma – a blood draw was performed.

It showed Klemenov’s blood alcohol content level at that time was 0.139 percent – well over the 0.08 percent legal limit.

The report says Klemenov would have been charged with driving under the influence had he survived, but he died at the hospital.


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